Labor Market Discrimination

Discipline: Economics

Labor market discrimination may take the form of different wage rates for equally productive workers with different personal characteristics (such as race, sex, age, religion, nationality, or education).

Labor market discrimination may also take the form of exclusion from jobs on the grounds of social class, union membership, or political beliefs.

American economist Gary Becker (1930-) has developed a theory of discrimination which examines the behavior of employers who have displayed a 'taste' for discriminatory practices.

Also see: crowding hypothesis, dual labor market theory, insider-outsider wage determination, non-competing groups, search theory, segmented labor market theory

G Becker, The Economics of Discrimination (Chicago, 1957)


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